Jessen Named HASTAC Scholar

Cheyanne Jessen

Doane English major Cheyanne Jessen ’18 (Tekamah, NE) recently received the prestigious honor of being accepted into the HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholars program. HASTAC is a global network of individuals and institutions that come together to share, collaborate, and learn through online forums, blogs, conferences, social media, and other channels of communication. Founded in 2002, HASTAC is reputed to be the world’s first and oldest academic social network.


The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program is a student-driven community of 258 graduate and undergraduate students who are working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities, and sciences. 129 new scholars have been introduced into the program, with 129 continuing scholars. The student’s work centers on rethinking pedagogy, learning, research, and academia for the digital age. Only 11% of the scholars accepted into the program are undergraduate students and Cheyanne is believed to be the first Doane student accepted into the HASTAC scholars program.


“I’m very excited and honored,” Cheyanne said. “What I’m most excited about is to be able to share a lot of the exciting things going on at Doane.”


“I think it’s a great honor,” Cheyanne’s HASTAC advisor, English professor Katy Hanggi remarked. “Cheyanne is an excellent student who has used her time at Doane to develop as a writer and thinker. Cheyanne will be interacting with mostly graduate students, but she is ready to be a part of that community. Because she is an undergraduate student at a smaller liberal arts university, she offers a unique perspective since most of the other participants come from large, research institutions.”


As a HASTAC scholar, Cheyanne will be able to discuss new ideas, projects, experiments, and technologies that re-conceive teaching, learning, research, writing, and structuring knowledge. She will receive a $300 stipend that can be used for attending a conference of her choosing or it can be put towards her research.


Cheyanne says she is strongly considering the idea of pursuing a graduate degree in the next year or two and believes this program will help solidify her interests and passions moving forward. Right now, she believes she would like to become a college professor, teaching either English literature or history.


“I feel very lucky,” Cheyanne said. “Being able to make connections with all of these graduate students from larger universities will hopefully help me figure out if graduate school is right for me.”


According to their website, HASTAC (pronounced “haystack”) has two mottos: “Changing the Way We Teach + Learn” and “Difference is Our Operating System.” Hanggi knew that the HASTAC scholars program would be right up Cheyanne’s alley if she were to be accepted.


“These opportunities will expose her to current trends in literary studies and issues in higher education,” Hanggi said. “It will also give her experience thinking about her role as a scholar and a public intellectual.”


For more information on the HASTAC scholars program and to view posts from the scholars themselves, you can visit their website at